Norton Core launched to secure home networks

Norton Core for home networksNorton by Symantec today announced the launch of Norton Core, a Wi-Fi router, to secure home networks.

The price of Norton Core for connected homes is $199.99 ($279.99 MSRP) and comes with one-year free subscription to Norton Core Security Plus.

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Norton Core is available in two colors: Titanium Gold or Granite Gray. Norton Core offers protection for up to 20 PCs, Macs, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, plus unlimited IoT devices. Norton Core will be available in the United States in summer 2017. It will be available globally later.

More than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton products for protection at home and across all of their devices.

The Norton Cyber Security Insights Report found 65 percent of U.S. consumers believe connected devices are made with security in mind, even though Symantec uncovered vulnerabilities in more than 50 different categories of IoT devices.

“Norton is extending our digital safety platform in an innovative way – to now include a wireless home router with an atypical artisanal design – to help our customers incorporate security more personally and elegantly into their homes,” said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec.

To provide wireless coverage, Norton Core has an antenna array inside a geodesic dome of interlocking faces, inspired by defense and weather radars deployed in the extreme reaches of the globe. Norton Core’s mathematical design encourages users to place it out in the open, as part of their home décor, providing a strong, unobstructed Wi-Fi signal.

Norton Core allows parents to set limits for each child for daily internet use, filter out inappropriate content, and pause the entire home network. If an attempt is made to visit an unauthorized site, access will be blocked and parents will receive a notification.

“There are potential pitfalls that come with the convenience of home connectivity, but consumers can take steps to protect themselves and their devices with the right level of security,” said Robert Westervelt, research manager at IDC.

Norton Core will support Wave 2 Wi-Fi and will be powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core processor, with ample memory and flash storage to ensure optimal performance for Wi-Fi and security features.

Norton Core will simultaneously transmit at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Norton Core will support speeds up to 2.5 Gbps3, for fast 4K streaming and lag-free gaming. Using MU-MIMO technology, Norton Core can simultaneously stream to multiple devices, providing maximum bandwidth.